He was standing there hat in hand and a small bouquet of flowers. The look on his face broke her heart because she knew she was in the wrong for listening to unkind words of another. He had done nothing wrong, just the loss of a job, something that was beyond his control. Even with no wrongdoing he came with a peace offering and four words, give me a chance. After a tearful apology from the young woman, standing on the doorstep, the couple took each other’s hands and promised to never allow outside influence to come between them. Years later, I still feel stupid for listening to someone who was so inclined to give unsolicited advice when it was unneeded.
The Peace Offering
One of my favorite symbols of Jesus is the Peace Offering. Without Jesus, we would not be able to come before the throne of God. God’s perfect holiness and our sinfulness - we can’t meet and fellowship without Jesus.
And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering...he shall offer it without blemish before the Lord. (Leviticus 3:1)
How significant is the plan of God for bringing us into fellowship with Himself! God longs for our fellowship and love.
The work of Jesus brings peace.
Jesus made peace – through the blood he shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:20)
Jesus proclaimed peace – Jesus preached peace everyone, because of Him we have access to the Father. (Ephesians 2:17-18)
Jesus is our peace – when Jesus died on the cross, He cleared out the “differences” among people; We are all the same – sinners needing the blood of Jesus. (Ephesians 2:14)
In Christ, God and the sinner can meet peacefully. God is satisfied with what Jesus has done, and we can be equally satisfied knowing there is nothing else to do to have a relationship with God. (Romans 3:24-25)